Blooming now/Weather changes

Jane McGary
Sun, 01 Feb 2009 20:50:09 PST
Here in the Portland, Oregon, area we have had slightly lower than 
average rainfall in January, despite a torrential rain on New Year's 
day (2.3 inches in Portland, and 4.3 inches here at my place in the 
Cascade foothills -- goodbye, driveway!). Temperatures have been 
below average, and snow higher than average -- I had about 2 feet (60 
cm) on the ground for two weeks in December, and another few inches 
in January. All flowering is later than usual. The snowdrops are up, 
but on very short stems, and only a very few crocuses and Narcissus 
cantabricus, romieuxii, and bulbocodium species are in bloom in the 
frame. Surprisingly, a number of the small colchicums that flower in 
late winter are on schedule or even early. The first Hyacinthella is 
open, too. Few Fritillaria species have emerged, but F. striata, 
which is vulnerable to frost, made it through the bad weather (under 
microfoam sheets) and has some buds up. There is little foliage 
damage apparent in the frames, but in the open garden many arums 
froze; however, I think they'll recover eventually. The first 
primroses (P. elatior and P. vulgaris) are opening in sheltered 
spots, and the Hamamelis are in full bloom. I'm a little nervous 
about my seed pots, which are back outdoors after spending the worst 
of the weather in the solarium; I found germination in 4 species 
today and brought the more tender ones in, such as Tecophilaea 
cyanocrocus. This despite frost every night -- something all the 
alpine plants would probably experience at home, anyway.

Jane McGary
Northwestern Oregon, USA

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